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  • Will You Watch Bikes With Me? (Login Required)

    I went to a talk this summer by this bigshot Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook, and doer of other things that are impressive if you’re into that entrepreneurship stuff.

  • Bikes? Yikes (Login Required)

    I know it was my fault my bike was stolen. My cheap, five-dollar lock broke in the fall, and I never bothered to replace it. Call it laziness, hubris, blind optimism, whatever — I just figured no one would take my rickety old bike (which I’d affectionately named Percival) because it wasn’t theirs.

  • These Bicycles Be Vehicles (Login Required)

    The Carleton homepage has a picture of a snow-laden Sayles with piles of “hibernating” bikes poking out from deep snow banks. Most of those will have rusted solid and are further wasting away in junkyards now.

  • The Great Plastic Cap (Login Required)

    Bike commuting is the bomb, don’t get me wrong. It’s cheap, environmentally friendly, good for the body, and good for the soul. That said, we riders should buckle up (helmets), too, because there are a lot of folks out there who care about us.

  • Check Your Changing Privilege (Login Required)

    Late Tuesday night while avoiding studying for a geology midterm, I found myself on a site called www.checkmyprivilege.com. Driven by curiosity and the insatiable human drive to procrastinate, I clicked on a link to a quiz to see how my privilege added up.

  • Words are not Wishy-Washy (Login Required)

    I think anger is overrated. My original intention for this article was to insult Macalester College’s recent list of “offensive” words. I was going to go through each word that they deemed offensive and decide whether it was offensive or not.

  • Carleton’s Privilege: Privilege that Debilitates You (Login Required)

    One article on Forbes on April 13th made me very disturbed. It reported that Mayer Brown, one of the top 20 U.S. law firms, filed a suit on behalf of two Japanese ­Americans against a recently established Korean “comfort women” memorial in Glendale, California.

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    When Rancheros Cry (Login Required)

    From my friends at Carleton who know about my restaurant column, the number one comment I received was: “you absolutely have to go to Tacoasis!” I was shocked at the pent-up demand among Carls for reliable gastronomic advice on Tacoasis.

  • The Hard Work of the Physical vs. The Hard Work of Words (Login Required)

    I had a lot of expectations about how returning to the wilderness was going to give me space to think. Looking back through the journal I kept in the Canyon, I found that I wrote mostly personal reflections, and I think I did come away with several important personal realizations.

  • Buses in the Grand Canyon: Mixing Tourism and Wilderness (Login Required)

    On our last day in Grand Canyon National Park, I rode the bus from Maswik Lodge, our hotel in the South Rim Village, to the post office. It was late afternoon and the bus compartment was packed with visitors, their faces red from the Arizona sun and their sweaty arms side-by-side.

  • Share With Us the West: Accessibility and Education in the NPS (Login Required)

    Before January, I had not thought very deeply about what wilderness was, or how we treat it. My family did not camp regularly, but I attended fieldtrips with elementary school to places like the International Crane Foundation and water treatment plant, and went on a few trips with friends’ families.

  • Real Human Moments in the Grand Canyon (Login Required)

    I found this experience to be incredibly meaningful in a variety of ways, some of which are personal and some of which are more closely linked to the intellectual debate surrounding wilderness.